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July 27, 2009

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Chris Carlin

In this case there's the complication that a lot of Apple's lack of openness could be ascribed to legally required copy protection mechanisms.

If Apple was to let any old device connect to iTunes, might it be held accountable for cases where those devices lack parts of the DRM infrastructure that Apple otherwise provides?

I'm not saying that's the actual motivation behind Apple's policies--clearly it can benefit from excluding other devices--only that it's an argument the courts will have to scratch their heads over.

sskarlatos

The DRM is an interesting component, although I agree with your point, it is Apple's (Steve Jobs) stated direction, if the publishers will let them,to go with DRM free content. On the music front that is already happening with iTunes Plus. You can play these files on any device that support the higher bit rate codec for .m4a files.

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